2022 ACDA Eastern Conference Directors’ Choruses

Our Directors’ Choruses Conductors, A. Jan Taylor, Craig Hella Johnson, Sandra Snow, and Brandon Boyd

We are all eager to make music together again and to learn from our finest practitioners. To that end, a brand new feature of the ACDA Eastern 2022 Conference is the implementation of Directors’ Choruses for all conference registrants. Every attendee will choose one of four Directors’ Choruses to participate in when registering for the conference. The rehearsals are scheduled in a way that will not conflict with other interest sessions or choral performances. There will be about 6 hours of rehearsal culminating in final performances as part of our plenary concerts. Each chorus has a commissioned work that it will premier. In addition, each conductor will also serve as the clinician for our conducting masterclasses, and during those masterclasses, volunteers from each directors’ chorus will serve as the ‘demo choir’ and sing pieces from their respective repertoire.  

Sandra Snow, Conductor 

This orange track SSAA choir will begin rehearsals Thursday morning and perform Saturday late afternoon. ACDA EASTERN commissioned work by B.E. Boykin.

O, I Got a Light, arr. Brandon Waddles
Allor che ignuda, Vicente Lusitano
She Lingers On, Zanaida Robles
All shall be well, Sarah Quartel
We are the wild women, Melissa Dunphy

A. Jan Taylor, Conductor 

This blue track SATB choir will begin rehearsals Thursday morning and perform Saturday late afternoon. ACDA EASTERN commissioned work, A Musing on the ‘Hood, by John L. Cornelius

Striving After God, Undine Smith Moore
Wake Me Up, Lord, Uzee Brown
He Stooped to Bless, Edward Margetson
Ave Maria, R. Nathaniel Dett
I Opened My Mouth to the Lord, arr. Lela Anderson
Faithful Over a Few Things, Glenn Burleigh
We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace, Marques L. A. Garrett

Craig Hella Johnson, Conductor

This blue track SATB choir will begin rehearsals Wednesday evening and perform Friday evening. ACDA EASTERN commissioned work by Moira Smiley.

Salutation, Eriks Esenvald
Song from the Road, Craig Hella Johnson
Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair, arr. Stuart Churchill
Drop, Drop Slow Tears, Orlando Gibbons
The Negro Speaks of Rivers, Margaret Bonds
Deep River, arr. Roy Ringwald
Sweet Rivers, Shawn Kirchner

Brandon Boyd, conductor

This SATB orange track choir will begin rehearsals Thursday morning and perform Saturday late afternoon. ACDA EASTERN commissioned work by Stephen Murphy.

The King Shall Rejoice, G. F. Handel/ed. Thomas
Laus Trinitati, Faith Morgan
When Thunder Comes, Mari Esabel Valverde
Joy, Hans Heruth
Sign Me Up, arr. Brandon A. Boyd
Better, Jason Clayborn/ adapt. Frances Fonza